Simplification will improve outcomes for families
- Families have to litigate their related matters in multiple courts—most typically, Supreme Court for matrimonial matters and Family Court for child custody and visitation.
- There is potential for conflicting determinations by judges when aspects of the related cases are handled by other judges in other courts.
- Numerous appearances in different courts force litigants to miss more work.
- Litigants with disabilities face additional and often insurmountable challenges related to travel and access; some reportedly have to abandoned their litigation because of these challenges.
- Court simplification would allow for assignment of counsel at the earliest possible stage.
- Court simplification would provide all families with access to the numerous services and resources that are currently only available in Family Court.